Rick Scott joins Ted Cruz in term limits push

Rick Scott
Scott signaled support for term limits early in his Senate campaign

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott signed on to a push for term limits in both the House and Senate Wednesday.

The bill, introduced by Republican U.S. Sen Ted Cruz of Texas, would require a Constitutional amendment, and accords with Scott’s push for term limits announced when he was running for office in 2018.

“I spent a career in business and one thing is clear: career politicians are never going to change Washington; that’s evident now more than ever,” the former Florida Governor said.

“I’m proud to be working to implement term limits for all members of Congress to make sure elected officials work for Americans, not for themselves. The only people who don’t understand why we need term limits are in Washington, D.C. but I wasn’t elected to represent them. I was elected to represent Florida families,” Scott contended.

“Washington is much more than broken. The current shutdown is just the latest example, but certainly not the only one. We need to dramatically reinvent and reimagine government and term limits is the first step. Over the next few months, I will be fighting for legislation to reform government and Make Washington Work for the American people, not the politicians,” Scott insisted.

The current bill would cap limit Senators to two terms (12 years) and Representatives to three (six years).

Scott signaled support for term limits early in his challenge to former U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, whom he narrowly defeated in the fall.

In a spring spot backed with a $2 million buy, Scott stood at a whiteboard explaining that the only place in America that is opposed to term limits is Washington D.C., and he disparages “career politicians.”

Scott isn’t the only Florida lawmaker who has showed support for the bill. U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney, who represents Florida’s 19th Congressional District, is the primary sponsor of the House version of the bill.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at AG@FloridaPolitics.com


2 comments

  • Greg

    January 23, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    Extreme Term Limits are Dead on Discussion. Six years for the HOR is going nowhere. If Scott proposed an overall 18 year limit of consecutive service in Congress, there would likely be more support. I support Term Limits but would not vote for this proposal. It is important to have tenure, but not have 30-40 years of non-stop service.

  • Sam

    January 24, 2019 at 10:48 am

    Elections are term limits. Let the voters decide who they want each time. Open primaries would be helpful too.

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